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    Lemon Darlings

    Lemon Darlings. Photo by SassyStew

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    1 hr 20 mins

    1 hr 10 mins

    10 mins

    SassyStew's Note:

    These are the darlings of the cookie plate! They can be adapted to suit any holiday by changing the color of the sprinkles, and they keep well, even when stored haphazardly. Any citrus will wok - I've used standard and meyer lemon and orange, but I think lime and grapefruit would be just as good. The ricotta cheese makes them somewhat more nutritious than other typical holiday cookies. Be sure to cool them completely before frosting them, or the frosting won't harden properly. This recipe is from the January 08 issue of Parenting. Anything in parenthesis are my notes. Prep time includes 1 hour chilling time, and cooking time is per batch.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350°F
    2. 2
      Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
    3. 3
      In a large bowl, cream softened butter and sugar, then beat in eggs, vanilla, zest and ricotta until blended.
    4. 4
      Add flour mixture and beat until combined.
    5. 5
      Cover and chill at least one hour.
    6. 6
      Shape dough into balls, and place on cookie sheets (if not non-stick, lightly grease or use a Silpat).
    7. 7
      Bake 10 minutes, or until bottoms are light brown. Cool for one minute or so and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
    8. 8
      To make icing, stir confectioners' sugar, juice and zest in a small bowl until smooth.
    9. 9
      Drizzle icing evenly over each cookie. (I use a teaspoon to put the icing on, and then use the back of the spoon to spread it around a bit.) Garnish with sprinkles. Let stand until icing hardens.

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    Nutritional Facts for Lemon Darlings

    Serving Size: 1 (1325 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 68.1
    Calories from Fat 13
    Total Fat 1.4 g
    Saturated Fat 0.8 g
    Cholesterol 9.2 mg
    Sodium 54.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 12.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 7.4 g
    Protein 0.9 g

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    low-fat ricotta

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